Fairs, Festivals, & Fiestas

United Nations Association Film Festival

When: Sat., Feb. 23, 7 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 24, 2 p.m. 2008

Ever wondered what happened to that computer monitor or Blackberry you junked last year? Apparently, there's a good chance it wound up in the hands of a phony "recycler" or "waste broker," who shipped it off to Nigeria on the pretense of donating salvageable electronic equipment, and thus rectifying the digital divide. In fact, such shipments often contain broken, unusable equipment, which winds up in a beachside dump or incinerator where it's apt to produce toxic fumes. Filmmaker Jim Puckett investigates this dicey underside of e-Waste in his new documentary, The Digital Dump: Exporting High Tech Re-use and Abuse to Africa. It screens at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25 at Pacific Film Archive (2575 Bancroft Wy., Berkeley), as part of the 8th United Nations Association Film Festival. Held Feb. 23 to 25 -- with free screenings Saturday (7:30 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m.) at the International House (2299 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley) -- the festival also includes documentaries about Palestinian prisoners, child soldiers in Haiti, the Bush administration's abstinence-driven HIV/AIDS education program in Kenya, health care in Cuba, and genocide in Darfur. UNAFF.org

Rachel Swan

Price: $5-$8

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